Tonga’s hopes of moving to the knock out stage of the competition was snuffed out by Argentina. Photo: Planet Rugby
All three Pacific island teams look set to make an early exit from the 2015 Rugby World Cup after mediocre performances for the first three weeks of the competition.
Fiji after being crowned the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup champions in August lost all of their first three matches against England, Australia and Wales before winning their last match against Uruguay.
Leeroy Atalifo of Fiji (C) and team mates look on during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium mk in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images
The subbing of Suva prop Leeroy Atalifo in the 75th minute of the match between Fiji and Uruguay in the Rugby World Cup at Milton Keyne has reiterated the success of the coaching staff in preparing a class team for the competition.
The records in the World Rugby shows 100 percent success in winning own scrums in the match against the South Americans which indicates Atalifo’s continuation of Manasa Saulo’s clean slate in the three matches before.
Fiji’s fullback Kini Murimurivalu goes over for the try against Uruguay at the mkStadium in Milton Keynes, England. Photo: World Rugby
Full-back Kini Murimurivalu, in speaking to Sports Mole, has praised the contribution that John McKee has made to Fijian rugby.
New Zealand-born McKee took charge of Fiji last year and has since guided the team to glory in the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup, as well as having received plaudits for the style in which his side have played at the Rugby World Cup.
Fiji still needs head coach John McKee’s direction. Photo: EPA
Flying Fijian coach John McKee has denied reports that he was heading to Japan after the Rugby World Cup.
“There has been some media speculation but I am committed to Fiji rugby,” McKee said to the media in the post-match conference at the MK Stadium in Milton Keynes in England.
Nemani Nadolo attacks for Fiji against Uruguay in their Pool A match at mk Stadium in Milton Keynes, England. Photo: World Rugby
Fiji ended their Rugby World Cup campaign on a high with a 47-15 win over 14-man Uruguay in Milton Keynes on Tuesday.
John McKee’s men were determined to end the tournament on a positive note after coming in with such high hopes, and did so by scoring seven tries, including two penalty tries stemming from their dominant scrum.
Fiji has a good chance to pick up a bonus point win against Uruguay. Photo: Planet Rugby
Fiji will fancy their chances of picking up their first win of Rugby World Cup 2015 in tomorrow morning’s (Tuesday UK time) clash with Uruguay in Milton Keynes.
Fiji and Uruguay have met each other on one occasion in which they both awarded caps, a 1999 Test match in L’Aquila, Italy which Fiji won 39-24.
The Uruguay team appeared relaxed ahead of their match with Fiji. Photo: BBC
After suffering the biggest defeat so far of any team at the Rugby World Cup, Uruguay might be forgiven for feeling despondent.
But that is not how this group of largely of amateur players is recovering from the 65-3 drubbing inflicted upon them by Australia in Group A.
Facing Fiji on Wednesday morning (Tuesday UK time), the team is confident it has got a chance of winning.